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A call to get back to "good-old-fashioned" lab work

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A call to get back to "good-old-fashioned" lab work.
(original contents repost from dentistrytoday.com)






Interesting read!
The call from the author (Paul Feuerstein, DMD) is to "step back" from running to digital, and improve your basic skills.

I believe that a solid analog foundation can be enhanced by digital - the 2 can live harmoniously...for now.

After reading, thoughts on either side of this?



Are PFMs Dead?

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If you don't know the exact number off-hand, about what percentage of your fixed business would you guess is PFM work?  And how does this number compare to 10 years ago? 
Whether you're a dental lab or a dental practice, everyone knows that not all restorations are created equal. But to answer the initial question, I don't think it's fair to say that PFMs are completely dead. 
Like anything else, the constant development and involvement of science, information, and material has advanced dentistry.  With PFMs it appears that a stack-able bilayered restoration with a sometimes bulky margin has been improved upon by the development of 2 monolithic options - zirconia and all other ceramic options.
In a 2013 survey conducted by Lab Management Today, 40% of respondents reported a decline in PFM fabrications, although fewer than 10 years earlier, respondents noted that nearly 85% of all crown and bridge work completed was metal-based. Perhaps directly related, 60% of these same …

DTA's IRONMAN and Drake's CFO is Training for his 5th Race!

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He's back at it again this year!

The Dental Trade Alliance featured our CFO, Robert Savage Jr., in a well-written tribute article about his IRONMAN journeys.

In the article, he mentions overcoming mental and physical barriers while training for and participating in the race. 
It's encompassing the idea of what he believes in - what the DTA is all about.
By showing discipline; by overcoming barriers, we can raise awareness and improve access to oral and overall health to those in need - no matter the struggle or difficulty!
"This year my goal is to raise $10,000 for the DTAF so that they can provide these scholarships to Dental School candidates who exemplify a commitment to community service to others and fulfill the mission of the DTAF Scholarship program.  Please help me reach my goal.  I am 4 weeks away from race day and need your support.  Donations can be made through the below link."   👇👇👇👇👇👇
WANT TO DONATE?
https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/ironman-florida…

Care for your pet's teeth too!

HOW TO BRUSH YOUR PET'S TEETH
While it is best to begin home dental care when your puppy or kitten is between 8 and 12 weeks of age, it is never too late! The daily brushing process should be pleasant for both you and your pet!Many pets enjoy the added attention and many owners look forward to the close quality time spent with their companion animal.
The supplies you need are a finger or a soft bristled tooth brush and pet toothpaste.Most animals will accept brushing very well if they are introduced to the procedure in a calm and patient way.The best way is as follows: Day 1: Gently pet and scratch the muzzle, slowly lifting the lip for about 30 seconds.Reward with a treat at the end of the session. You can even give a taste of a flavored pet toothpaste.We recommend CET brand chicken flavored toothpaste! Day 2: Repeat as above, except gently run your finger over your pet’s teeth for 30-45 seconds.Reward and praise again. Day 3: Repeat Day 2, adding 15 seconds time running your finger ov…

Give us the scoop!

You know those relationships that end with "It's not you, it's me". 
Well, what if it is you?


Seems a likely choice to look yourself square in the eye and head back to the drawing board for some changes. Or maybe you figure that whatever didn't work out just wasn't a good fit, and you accept it as it is.


Either way, to know is to understand. So, we must have the scoop!
At work, our customers (or at home, our friends and family) are usually our best shot at giving us some sort of perspective. You can trust your customers' opinions to be mostly accurate based on actual experience, and you have the chance to engage in conversations via the convenience of reoccurred crossed paths. 

So what about the opinions of strangers?
As business owners and entrepreneurs, it's likely that this percentage is a heck of a lot larger than that of our current customers. So there goes that theory we learned as kids telling us not to worry about the opinions of strangers...
If they…

Are you TAP(ping) into sleep?

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The Science of Sleep is not just a surrealistic science fantasy movie from the early 2000s! Its the process of studying what happens to your body when you aren't awake. More dentists are tapping into the practice of sleep apnea appliances, snore guards, and bruxism guards as a means toward trying to improve overall health and life quality. 
When it comes to the TAP Appliance, we found the below video to be a huge help with a lot of our repeated questions regarding protrusive bites, seating the appliance with the hooks, grinding down high spots for the patient's lingual, the AM Aligner, etc. 
Thank you to Airway Management for all of their knowledge in making this video, and their continued support of our fabrication of the TAP appliance.  We are honored to be a Laboratory Resource in any way we can! 
Rx a clear or custom-colored Drake Dream TAP today!




Resin Maryland Bridges

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What types of conservative dentistry do you practice?

Let's talk about Maryland Bridges as one option. 
When an implant is contraindicated or rejected by the patient, it can be a great aesthetic solution.  (Ideally for a single maxillary or 2 adjacent mandibular incisors.) Whereas cases involving deep class II or tight occlusion, bruxism, or poor posterior support provide a potentially limited prognosis. 

The prep for these cases is also conservative and minimal!

Reduction is limited to the lingual (at least 0.5 mm.) from adjacent teeth, with 2% divergent of parallel in the Interproximal walls adjacent to the edentulous area being restored. The preparation should cover as much of the lingual surface as possible, terminating 1mm from the incisal edge and 1mm from the tissue.


Once the appliance is complete, the resin retainer wings are prepped for adhesion in the laboratory. After try in and adjustments, clean the retainers, silinate and bond to acid etched enamel with bonding agents and…